“Sabi ko, ‘Bakit?’ Sabi sarado na [ang daan]. Sabi ko, ‘Sinong darating?’ Sabi si Pope. Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope, p— ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang bumisita dito,” Duterte quipped.
That was Davao City’s Mayor Duterte at his most crass, and uncivilised.
Pa“Mayor Duterte,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda — one of the first to take a stand— wrote on his twitter, “you can say all you want about politicians but you don’t curse my Pope Francis! #defendthepope”
Many feminists have come out in the open to attack the misogynistic culture of Philippine politics.
Francis Tolentino, then MMDA Chairman and running for Senator was critiqued by feminists and various sectors for providing dancing girls to a Liberal Party gathering.
No less than Allan Peter Cayetano’s sister— Senator Pia Cayetano wrote, “I am shocked at the lewd dancing supposedly provided by MMDA Chair Tolentino at a political gathering.”
At the time of this writing she has not issued a statement with regard to Mayor Duterte.
Feminist group Gabriela also went against Francis Tolentino and the culture of misogyny in the Philippines, “MMDA Chair Tolentino, do u consider these women objects that u can give as “surprise gift”? Shame on u! voteph2016”
At the time I was writing this piece, women’s group Gabriela were too busy protesting for their annual Andres Bonifacio Day. They have not issued a statement.
Nene Pimentel was the founder of PDP-Laban. He was a senator who stood in the right side of values. In 1986, PDP-Laban’s standard bearer was no less than former President Corazon C. Aquino. Pimentel was against the Death Penalty. He was for Human Rights. He was against Extra Judicial Killings. And yet, a generation on, the party that he founded, PDP-Laban has a standard bearer in Davao City Mayor Duterte. Duterte has admitted to killing, and is linked by no less than CNN and Human Rights Watch to the vigilante group known as the Davao Death Squad.
Perhaps this is how PDP-Laban has fallen. Senator Koko Pimentel— Nene’s son has been accused by his wife of battery. Their marriage annulled because of that. And now, the party’s standard bearer is an admitted womaniser, and admitted muderer.
“Corruption is indeed a great scourge of Philippine politics,” Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines President, Socrates Villegas wrote on his Facebook.
“The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds. Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces. Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure. Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak. Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen has gone to the dregs.”
“Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us?” Asked Bishop Villegas. “Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title “Honorable”? I grieve for my country….!”
Duterte’s war is not on crime It is not a war on the corrupt. It is not a war to bring peace to Mindanao. It is not a war for a more efficient, and better government. Roy Duterte is thug-like. Duterte’s antics are crass. Duterte is an admitted womaniser, and admitted murder masquerading as a leader. We would be rolling our civilisation back to the dark ages with Duterte as President of the Philippines. Duterte’s war is simply a war on civilisation itself.